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Pop Will Eat Itself

Taking their name from an NME feature on the group Jamie Wednesday (later known as Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine), the archetypal grebo band Pop Will Eat Itself formed in Stourbridge, England in 1986. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Clint Mansell, keyboardist Adam Mole, drummer Graham Crabb, and bassist Richard March, PWEI began their existence as a Buzzcocks-influenced indie guitar band, and issued their self-produced debut EP, The Poppies Say Grrr, in 1986.

While recording their follow-up, Poppiecock, PWEI became immersed in sampling, drawing material from sources ranging from James Brown to Iggy Pop; soon Crabb emerged from behind his drum kit to join Mansell as co-frontman, and a drum machine was installed in his place. Honing a fusion of rock, pop, and rap that they dubbed "grebo," the Poppies kick-started a small revolution; by the release of their 1987 full-length debut, Box Frenzy, and the hit "There Is No Love Between Us Anymore," grebo -- the name quickly given the entire subculture of similarly grimy and raunchy bands -- was all the rage in the British music press.

The influence of hip-hop was even more pronounced on singles like "Def. Con. One." and "Can U Dig It?," both included on Pop Will Eat Itself's 1989 masterpiece, This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This!, their debut for RCA. "Touched by the Hand of Cicciolina," an ode to the Italian porn actress turned politician, was another hit, while 1991's Cure for Sanity marked an increasing interest in dance music. By 1992's The Looks or the Lifestyle, PWEI even added a live drummer, Fuzz (born Robert Townshend), to expand their ever-mutating sound.

In early 1993, the Poppies issued their biggest U.K. hit, "Get the Girl, Kill the Baddies"; ironically, later that same year the group was dropped by RCA. After signing to Infectious in Britain, they were picked up in the U.S. by Nothing, a label owned by longtime fan Trent Reznor; sporting a harder-edged, funk-metal sound, PWEI resurfaced in 1994 with Dos Dedos Mis Amigos. Prior to the release of a 1995 remix record, Two Fingers, My Friends, Crabb exited the group to focus on his side project, Golden Claw Musics. March later gained fame in the big beat act Bentley Rhythm Ace. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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They're the reasons why I started playing the violin
alfredo3199
I love your station.
guess thats why they're gone
Great band that never transitioned slowly but always kept it real. Not a lot of other bands can say the same.
mandrhome
Need to update, they released a great album just a little while ago.
not sure how come all the ruckus for dos dedos.... yes, great record. cure for sanity seems a superior record to me. please add and also add box frenzy
rachel.klima
I second the request for Box Frenzy! Also, no idea if the bio's can be edited, but Clint Mansell went on to write scores for films including Pi and Requiem for a Dream. He was nominated for a golden globe for the score of 'The Fountain'. I'd kill to see the Poppies again, but it makes me happy to hear he's grown into such success.
PWEI are absolute geniuses! Hope I get to see them live some day..
thecrownedtr e y
Dos Dedos Mis Amigos is their best album!!! Pandora are you for real right now?
grantini1
Dos Dedos Mis Amigos is one of my favorites too, but how about some love for Cure For Sanity? The intro followed by "Dance Of The Mad B**tards" is worth the price of admission alone...
Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!! Dos Dedos Mis Amigos!!
yes... Dos Dedos Mis Amigos NEEDS to be added! How did that NOT make the play list! If you need a copy, I have one... :)
Christopher says: 03-24-2009

for the love of all things holy please add Dos Dedos Mis Amigos.

Yes, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!
oblivion953
Dos Dedos Mis Amigos is their best album. Can that be added?
....and how about "Box Frenzy" too! My second favorite PWEI album!
for the love of all things holy please add Dos Dedos Mis Amigos.
How can you not love PWEI?
So the discography here on Pandora is limited for the Poppies, especially for die-hard fans, but if it were up to me to make a recommedatio n for people that are unfamiliar with the group, listen to "This Is The Day..."

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